The A13 board can boot from the SD card. There are some ready made SD card images that are suitable. Some of these images can be found in this wiki section.
Once a suitable SD card is imaged with these files, place it into the board then power the board on, it should boot.
All images will have been generated for a specific SD card size. To use these images you must use a SD card that is the specified size or larger.
When the image is downloaded the SD card will only have partitions set up for the originally specified size for the image. If a larger SD card was used you can access the extra memory by using resize2fs.
Note: Some SD cards will list a size on them however the exact number of usable bytes can vary either through bad sectors or different manufacturers. The consequence of this is that an image from a particular size SD card may not fit on another of the same size. If this is the case an error will come up when imaging the card "No space left on device" or a windows error depending on the tool being used. If this issue comes up use a larger SD card size.
These images can be downloaded using the methods below
For example an image with the file name of "debian_2g.img" would be downloaded to the SD card connected to a linux machine using one of the following commands:
# dd bs=4M oflag=sync if=debian_2g.img of=/dev/sdX
# cp debian_2g.img /dev/sdX
where X is the uSD card.
These are unofficial images made by the community. Olimex provides no warranty or support for these images. We maintain official images that can be found here: https://www.olimex.com/wiki/A13-OLinuXino#Linux
Debian with GUI (X)
Created by jwischka
Forum thread for this image
Forum thread link for this image
Minimal Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS with 3.4.29 kernel by anubis (Alex)
- USB-Ethernet drivers in kernel
- VGA, LCD support
- main console on VGA
- dmesg console on UART1
- DHCP on eth0 auto
- ssh server running (just 'arp -a' from your host to detect A13's IP and ssh it to connect)
- UVC camera support in kernel
- ready to install x-window-system
- .config is included (with uImage) to simplify kernel rebuild
- /tmp as 16M tmpfs
- Login/pass: root/password
Kernel - https://github.com/linux-sunxi/linux-sunxi.git (branch 'sunxi-3.4')
Rootfs - http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/12.04/release/ubuntu-core-12.04.2-core-armhf.tar.gz
You can download it here